so magical this place was. shuzenji is a town in the mountains of the izu penninsula. with volcanic hot springs. with a beautiful temple built in 804. with a beautiful dragon. with a bamboo forest. with a rushing river. with a beautiful koi pond at the arai ryokan where we stayed. with maple leaves a bright bright red. we took a shinkansen or bullet train to mishima and then a commuter train a bit further. fuji-san was shrouded in clouds and mist so we couldnt get a glimpse. it didn't matter. we will come another day. we have to.